by Terry Rogers
On Saturday, February 9, elementary school English Learners in Milford School District competed in the ELympics District Finals at Lulu M. Ross Elementary School. Participants were in grades one through five and all were students for whom English is a second language.
“We are honored to have everyone join us in supporting and celebrating the achievements of our young English Learners,” Dr. Bridget Amory, Director of Student Learning, said. “Our Milford English Learners work hard to develop their English language proficiency while also striving to meet the academic grade level expectations.”
Throughout the day, students competed in events that included Spelling, Fluency & Entry Vocabulary, Extemporaneous Speaking as well as Impromptu Speaking & Poetry Competitions. There was a dance performance by Los Tacos and Shekinah as well as presentations by the Diversity in Central and South America Delaware Humanities Council. Awards were presented to the students at the end of the competition by Governor John Carney.
“It is my pleasure to be here today to celebrate English Learner students in Milford School District,” Governor Carney said. “I know I speak for both Representative [Bryan] Shupe and Senator [Dave] Wilson when I say that there is nothing more important that we do in state government than to make sure every child in our schools can succeed. What you are doing today is so incredibly important for the future of our students and the future of Delaware. That is why I drove all the way down here from Wilmington, to celebrate what you have done here today.”
Milford School District Elympics was established in order to provide these particular students an exciting opportunity to showcase their English and academic skills in a way that is both challenging and exciting. District staff explained that the students at the competition worked hard to get to that level and they wanted a way to congratulate them for their efforts.
Awards were presented to the following students at the end of the competition:
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